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Message from the Principalhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/our-school/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<div><div> </div> <div style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0 ms-rteImage-1" src="/our-school/PublishingImages/IMG_7128.JPG" alt="" style="height:205px;width:300px;margin:5px;" /><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>At the Heart of our School, the Gift of a Child.</strong></em></div></div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"></span><div><br>Welcome to St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School.</div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">The school was opened in 1925 by the Sisters of Charity and the rich traditions and charism of the sisters continue to underpin school life.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">One of the many blessings of the school is a strong partnership between home and school, which has at its’ core the children. The children are blessed to be part of a community where not only does the energy and enthusiasm, sense of purpose and commitment of the parents and staff ensure that the children reap the benefits of their combined efforts, but through their active involvement in the life of the school, the children come to appreciate and understand by example, the value of community.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">St Finbarr’s provides a broad and inclusive curriculum which not only promotes the basics but also offers opportunities for the diverse range of interests and abilities of our student body. Most importantly students experience a curriculum that engages them in the process of life-long learning. This year we are furthering the opportunities for students’ learning with the school being successful recipients of a grant entitled, Sustainable Ways of Embedding ICLT’s Into Contemporary Learning.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">This school year promises to be rich and rewarding for all who are involved with this community. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">Thank you for taking the time to visit our website which offers you an insight into the heart and ethos of our school. I look forward to meeting with you, answering your questions and showing you through this school rich and alive with the wonder and awe learning.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><em>Ann Hall</em><br>Principal</p> <div> </div>


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Year 6 go to Canberrahttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Year-6-go-to-Canberra.aspxYear 6 go to Canberra​​ <p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/canberra%201.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" />On Tuesday, 3<sup>rd</sup> October, 25 eager and excited Middle school students left Brisbane airport to fly to Canberra for their highly awaited Year 6 camp. Last term we focused on ‘Federal Government’ and explored areas of Parliament, democracy and the rights and responsibilities of Australians. This visit to Australia’s Capital gave the children an opportunity to enhance their understanding of civics and citizenship. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">The trip was jam-packed full of activities and places of national interest for our group to visit. We lucked out with beautiful weather, sunshine each day and warm enough to only need jackets in the early morning and evening. The students each connected with different places and all wrote reflections to share some of their personal favourites. Some of our highlights included;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"> <b> <span lang="EN-AU">Tuesday 3<sup>rd</sup> October</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">Australian Institute of Sport</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">On Tuesday morning, I woke up early to fly to Canberra. My favourite activity was the Australian Institute of Sport. At the AIS we got to see 4 places which included the volley ball courts, swimming pools, a gym and a gymnasium. At the volley ball courts, there was a mark on the wall showing Australia’s tallest volley ball player, Thomas Edgar, with his height of 6 foot 11.5- which is 212 cm. We also went to the AIS shop which had some very awesome things and made it hard for me to decide what I should buy! At the end of the visit we went to ‘Sportex’ (a cool gaming room). They had a mini basketball court and lots of sport simulators. <b>Nick</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"> <b> <span lang="EN-AU">Wednesday 4<sup>th</sup> October</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">Museum of Australian Democracy</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">After a great sleep on Tuesday night, we were ready for a fun tour of Old Parliament House., now known as the Australian Museum of Democracy. The Old Parliament House is open to the general public and we were able to go in and role play the passing of a bill from the seats. In their library we learnt about equal rights for women, children and Aboriginals. Sadly, in numerous countries around the world, these people are considered minors and cannot drive, vote and some don’t even have the right to an education. This really opened my eyes to the rest of the world and made me think about how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful country. <b>Madelei</b><b></b><b>le</b><b></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">Questac</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">on</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">The place that I enjoyed the most, was Questacon. Questacon is this massive building with all of these amazing science activities. It actually made science kind of fun! The best thing at Questacon had to be this huge slide, called the free fall. It basically goes vertically down and then levels out. You have to hold on to a bar for three seconds and then just drop. It was scary at first but after you did it once it wasn’t that scary anymore. Finally, we went shopping in the Questacon store. There were lots of science things to buy, like magic trees and gemstones. It was a great day! <b>Hayley</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"> <b> <span lang="EN-AU">Thursday 5<sup>th</sup> October</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/IMG_1976.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:402px;" />Australian War Memorial</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">On Thursday, our class visited my favourite place out of the whole trip, the Australian War Memorial. First, we went on a guided tour around parts of the museum, like the eternal flame and the World War One Museum. Then we participated in a school wreath laying ceremony and afterwards, we split into two groups and were able to go and explore all the parts of the museum we didn’t get to see on the tour. Some highlights for me were seeing the famous war dog called Sadie, the two World War Museums and the wall of poppies, which represented each soldier who died in war. Something that I learnt from that day, though it was sad, was that about 102,000 Australian men and women have lost their lives protecting our country and each and every one of them willingly gave up their lives just to fight and protect us. At the War Memorial I felt peaceful, but extremely sad at the same time. Something about the whole atmosphere of the place really moved me, knowing what all those men and women did, just to make sure I am safe and here today. <b>Elise</b> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU"> <span style="text-decoration:none;"> <br></span></span></u> </p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">Parliament House</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">Everyone was excited for today because it was the day we were going to visit Parliament House. We started by having a tour of the magnificent building. We visited the House of Representatives and the Senate while we were there, and we learned many interesting facts. One thing I found interesting was that in the Senate and the HOR the seats for the guests go from dark to light to make the room look bigger. There is also a soundproof glass area for school children who want to watch ‘Question Time’. After our tour, we had afternoon tea, went to the roof to appreciate the view and then went downstairs to start a pretend role-play of parliament. A man named Andrew helped us throughout the role play and the bill we wanted to pass, which was “Put Free Wi-Fi on all the Public Transport”. <b>Eva</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"> <b> <span lang="EN-AU">Friday 6<sup>th</sup> October</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <u> <span lang="EN-AU">Arboretum</span></u></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">On Thursday night I did not want to go to sleep but I had to, the following day was Friday, the last day of being in Canberra! In the morning we travelled to the National Arboretum Which is a giant piece of land that is home to more than 48,000 endangered trees from all over the world! It was amazing and had great photo opportunities- everywhere I looked I saw GREEN! There was also the most awesome playground ever. Canberra was such an experience; I can’t even explain how exciting it was! I feel that I grew so much closer to my friends and it will be even harder to say goodbye to them.<span>  </span> <b>Alicia</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> <span lang="EN-AU">We arrived home late Friday evening and were greeted by big smiles and cuddles at the gate from our loved ones. Our tired but more knowledgeable leaders looked ready for a good night sleep at home!<span>  </span>Thank you to all the parents for their ongoing support and fundraising this year in the lead up to the Canberra trip. We are also incredibly grateful to Ms Hall, Mrs Green and Mrs Kennedy for their help with the preparation, supervision and guidance throughout the week. What a beautiful way to start off our last term here together at St Finbarr’s! </span></p>
Welcome to 2018http://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Welcome-to-2018.aspxWelcome to 2018<p>​​<br></p><p style="color:#000000;text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><em>You can do what I cannot do. </em></strong></p><p style="color:#000000;text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><em>I can do what you cannot do. </em></strong></p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:-webkit-standard;text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><em>Together we can do great things.</em></strong> </p><p style="color:#000000;text-align:right;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><em>Mother Teresa </em></span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><br></span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">As we begin our 2018 school year, a warm welcome is extended to all returning students, their families and staff members and we especially welcome new students and their families. </span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Next Monday the preppies will have their first full day at school and this week, these excited and gorgeous children have been spending time with their Prep teacher. </span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">On Thursday we will bless the 2018 school year with Mass commencing at 9am. At this Mass we will formally welcome the Prep classes and present our Year 6 student with their leadership shirts. On Friday the welcome continues with the traditional P & F Welcome Back BBQ. More details to follow. </span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Each year brings with it many adventures and joys. Together this year, we will share laughter and disappointments, learnings and games, music and prayer, stories and more stories! All that we do each day creates memories and experiences that are core to our life learnings. </span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">The staff and I acknowledge the privilege and responsibility of being an integral part of your child/ren’s education. Be assured of our care and support and we look forward to sharing the 2018 school year with you.<br></span></p><p>​<img src="/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Welcome-to-2018/20172707-1087.JPG" alt="20172707-1087.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:659px;" /><br></p>
Technologies Curriculum at St Finbarr'shttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Technologies-Curriculum-at-St-Finbarr's.aspxTechnologies Curriculum at St Finbarr's<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>At the end of last term we celebrated what has been happening throughout the school with the Technologies Curriculum. This curriculum consists of Design and Technology as well as Digital Technologies. Every class has been engaged in the new curriculum and the students have not only enjoyed the units of work but produced amazing projects.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>Prep spoke about how they created shelters for their pets. They used the knowledge about materials that they learnt in Science to think about what materials would be needed and what pets need to have good shelters. They then took a photo of their shelter with Draw and Tell (an iPad app) and explained all the different parts of their shelter.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/technology%203.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:444px;" />During Term 3 the Year 1’s loved designing and creating props and costumes for their performance of The Gruffalo. They then learnt their lines and presented this to the school community before finally evaluating their designs. Check out the video of their performance on our Facebook page.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>In Year 2, the children learnt about is hardware and software, and what of these they use in their day to day life. Once they had learnt about hardware, we looked at the different parts of a computer – CPU, ROM, GPU, hard drive and RAM. This term the students are learning about algorithms and last week enjoyed being programmers, programming our computer (Mrs Lawson) how to make a vegemite sandwich. They learnt how they need to do very specific instructions if they want to program a computer as they cannot think for themselves.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>Year 3 this year have learnt about QR codes and how the same data can be represented in different ways. The children began by making an Explain Everything (iPad app) that demonstrated the rotation of the earth around the sun. They then made this into a video and exported it from the iPads and onto the computers, into the Office 365 Video Channel. The children then had to think about how they could show this to other people. We decided on creating a QR Code and putting this onto a poster using Word Online.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>In Year 4 the children have created Sways to show what they learnt about an explorer from the Age of Discovery. They learnt how to add information, photos, videos and more to their Sways, always thinking about how these could enhance their presentations. Then in Term 3 the children learnt about algorithms and how to make their own games in Scratch. They had to create a game that would teach or reinforce a maths skill to a younger student.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>Within the Year 5 English Curriculum the students wrote a persuasive argument about why the school should plant a Lone Pine tree. They then had to create an interactive poster using PowerPoint, Scratch and MakeyMakeys. These posters then became interactive as the children recorded their voice and programmed the MakeyMakeys to say their arguments as the user pressed buttons on their posters.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>With the Year 6 children going to Canberra this term and learning about the government in HASS, they decided to create a game using Scratch to teach others about the Australian Government. Many of the children had never used Scratch before however worked well with their partners to create some amazing games. All the games needed to be interactive, asking for the users input. The students are now teaching me how to program!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><span>This is only a snap shot of some of the units of work that the classes have been doing within the Technologies Curriculum. All classes should be proud of what they have achieved throughout the year. This term we have had teachers from the state schools in the area come to the school to learn more about what we have been doing both within the Technologies Curriculum and with the ICT Capability. If you want to hear more about our journey you can also read an article that has been published on the Digital Technologies Hub –<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au/school-leaders/making-a-difference/professional-development-makes-a-difference" style="text-decoration:underline;">Professional Development Makes a Difference.</a></span></p> <img src="/PublishingImages/technology%202.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:306px;" /><br><br>
Footprints for Brain Cancer Walkhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Footprints-for-Brain-Cancer-Walk.aspxFootprints for Brain Cancer Walk<div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"> 4th Annual Walk for Footprints For Brain Cancer</span></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:left;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/Screen%20Shot%202017-03-29%20at%2011.50.06%20AM.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" width="331" height="464" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></span>On Sunday 7th May at 7:45am the  4th Annual 4km family fun walk will be held at Dorrington Park at Ashgrove. </div> <div> </div> <div>There will be food, coffee, yummy mummy stall, face painting, soccer, finger nail art, raffle tickets, lucky door prizes, entertainment plus lots more.</div> <div> </div> <div>Adults are $25 and children under 16 are free.</div> <div> </div> <div>Anyone can register to take part in five simples steps by following the following this link.  <br><br><a href="https://cancerqld.org.au/footprintsforbraincancer/">Footprints for Brain Cancer</a></div> <div> </div> <div>So why is this event so important to our community of St Finbarrs?  It was founded by Di McGinn, mother of two of our St Finbarr's children, in 2014  following her own brain cancer diagnosis.   Di was a much loved member of our school community and very sadly passed away in 2015 from gliobastoma multiforme (GBM). This event has raised over $75,000 for cancer research and with the help of Dianne’s friends and family, Cancer Council Queensland is proud to honour her legacy and continue her Footprints for Brain Cancer walk.</div> <div> </div> <div>So jump online and register now for the walk.</div> <div> </div> <div> <a href="/news-and-events/Documents/FootprintsPostcard.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/news-and-events/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="FootprintsPostcard.pdf" />FootprintsPostcard.pdf</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div>
Year 3's Celebrate First Reconciliationhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Year-3's-Celebrate-First-Reconciliation.aspxYear 3's Celebrate First Reconciliation<p><span></span><span><img src="/PublishingImages/IMG_1562.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:400px;" /></span>On Friday our Year 3 students attended a retreat day with other children from the Jubilee Parish to culminate their preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During the day they participated in activities to further their learning and understanding of reconciliation.  </p> <p>On Monday night at Sacred Heart, Rosalie, the children came with their families to receive this sacrament for the first time. It was beautiful to see the light of Christ grow throughout the evening as each child lit their own candle of faith.</p> <p><br><br><br><br><br> </p>